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Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health must be approved for admission by the Certificate Director, who shall notify the Graduate School in writing of the student’s admission.

Admission to or award of a graduate Certificate does not guarantee admission to a degree program in the same or any other discipline.

Application Process

Following Graduate School deadlines, all application materials must be received at least one month before the semester you plan to begin your coursework. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be submitted.

Pre-approved Certificate courses that have already been completed may count towards the curriculum requirements. (This does not include practicum or research projects). Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.

Students must apply to the UK Graduate School.  Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at:

When completing the Graduate School application, please answer the following essay questions in your personal statement:

  • Describe any work experience relevant to Maternal and Child Health
  • Briefly describe (a) your reason(s) for interest in the Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health, (b) your career goals in relation to Maternal and Child Health, and (c) the specific topic in Maternal and Child Health in which you are most interested

Official transcripts
Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.

Letters of Reference
The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department.

Two-page essay
on why the individual needs and desires a MCH Graduate Certificate.

One-page biography
which includes the student’s educational and work experience, as an aid to the admission decision.

Questions about the application process?
Call Andrea at 859-218-2021

Certificate Director
Lorie Wayne Chesnut, DrPH(c), MPH
UK College of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 209C
Lexington, KY 40536
Phone: 859-218-2226

Certificate Coordinator
Andrea Perkins
Certificate Coordinator
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue; Suite 204A
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 218-2021